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The Myth and Magic of Library Systems by Keith J. Kelley

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Creatures of ancient myth

The Titans and the systems librarian

Abstract

This chapter discusses the role of the systems librarian and how to better define and title the position to be efficient, effective, and appropriately educated in order to ensure the growth and prosperity of libraries far into the information age. Systems librarians need specialized skills most other librarians find unnecessary, and therefore need more specialized training to effectively do their job, while simultaneously needing a distinct subset of skills that is not the same as others who work in IT. A more fitting title for a systems librarian is often automation librarian, which utilizes a manageable subset of skills that require combined IT and library training, ...

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